Nigeria: There Was Amalgamation Agreement,may No Longer Be Enforceable—ocj Okoch

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Nigeria: There Was Amalgamation Agreement, But May No Longer Be Enforceable — OCJ Okocha, SAN. Notable Outcome July 21, 2021. (By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – For awhile, the news had been making the rounds that the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 was based on an agreement signed by some Nigerians and colonial officials but not many claim to have seen the document. However, reacting to the specific claims of one Prince Eniola Joseph Ojajuni, former NNPP Governorship candidate in Ondo state during 2020 elections, that six Nigerians signed the document, Hon. O.C.J.Okocha, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and past national president of Nigeria Bar Association, said the claim was true, but added that the agreement may no longer be enforceable. “That statement by Prince Eniola Joseph Ojajuni is true to the extent that the six gentlemen named signed the Amalgamation Agreement. ” Be that as it may, the Independence granted to Nigeria by the British Government in 1960 created a fundamental change of circumstances which rendered the agreement unenforceable. “REBUS SIC STANTIBUS is the Latin maxim for the principle of Law which holds that all agreements are concluded with the implied condition that they are binding only as long as there are no major changes in the circumstances”, the legal giant concluded. Recall that, Prince Joseph Ojajuni’s Revelations, which were widely circulated in the social media indicated that, “Only 6 Nigerians signed the Amalgamation Document In 1914, namely, HRH Maiturare Sarkin Mussulumi and Sultan of Sokoto; Usuman Dan Maje, who later became Emir of Kano; Sir Kitoyi Ajasa, a lawyer; HRH Oladugbolu, Alaafin of Oyo; HRH R Henshaw, Obong of Calabar and Abubakar Shehu of Borno”. According to Prince Ojajuni, the location of the signing of d amalgamation document was Zungeru, in the present day Niger State which served as the capital of the British Protectorate of Northern Nigeria from 1902 until 1916. Prince Ojajuni further claimed that the Edict, which was also signed by 22 British colonial officials expired in 2014. “The document stated that after 100 years, each party can re-evaluate and determine if they want to continue together or go their separate ways”, he concluded.

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